LAGUNA HILLS, CA – A 3-year-old girl drowned in a hot tub while attending a birthday party.
Ellison Susman was with her mother and younger sister attending an 11-year-old’s birthday party Saturday night at the Alicia Plaza Apartments. Ellison’s mother says she lost track of her for about 15 minutes while she breastfed her 2-month-old daughter. When she was finished and realized she didn’t see Ellison, she began asking some of the 60 people there if they knew where she was.
Ellison would be found close by, at the bottom of the hot tub next to the swimming pool. Ellison had been wearing a life vest, but looked as if she had removed it before somehow winding up in the hot tub. The vest was found later on the deck of the pool. Paramedics performed CPR on Ellison before taking her to Kaiser in Irvine and then later to Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where she died on Monday.
Ellison’s father offered parents a word of warning that I thought was pretty obvious to begin with.
“Don’t trust these life preservers,” he said. “Don’t take your eye off your child one second. Don’t trust your neighbors thinking they’re gonna keep an eye on your child.”
Losing a kid this way is tragic and I am sure Ellison’s mother will live the rest of her life wishing she could go back to that night and do things differently. Luckily there is a tiny glimpse of silver lining in the form of KTLA’s Mary Beth McDade and her video report. She could be asking about the family I just lost in a fire and I would simply stare at her while picturing her naked.Tags: Accident, Birthday Party, California, Crime, Drowning, Ellison Susman, hot tub